Rangers riding seven game unbeaten streak into post season
Villeneuve carries the puck across the blueline
during the Gloucester Rangers 4-1 win over
the Cumberland Jr. Grads on Monday night.
Gloucester Rangers Major Peewee AA team wrapped up their
regular season schedule Monday night with a 4-2 win over
the Cumberland Jr. Grads..
win was their 26th of the season, tying them with the
Ottawa Valley Silver Seven Minor Peewee AA squad for the
most regular season wins in the Ontario East Minor Hockey
Rangers clinched first place on Jan. 21 when they beat
their nearest rivals, the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven by
a score of 4-2.
one banner under their belts, the Rangers have their sights
set on the leaguie championship and a berth in the All-Ontario
Championships in late March. But first they have to make
it through the playoffs unscathed.
coach Peter Nooyen says he's not worried about a possible
post season let down, or over confidence heading into
the quarterfinals against the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings,
who have only won nine games compared to 27 for the Rangers.
is the best group of kids I've coached," Nooyen said
after the Jr. Grads game. "They have a tremendous
work ethic. They're super motivated and they want to win.
They're also extremely skilled."
Rangers' skill was evident during their game against the
Jr. Grads, in which they outshot Cumberland 49-15. They're
extremely quick and they cover the ice exceptionally well.
They also have several snipers on their roster and solid
Walsh, Nick Mchugh and Michael Armstrong have each scored
at least 20 goals or more, and Declan Hilton has 19. Four
other players have at least 13 goals, giving them the
ability to roll three lines without diminishing their
more impressive than the fact they've averaged over five
goals a game this season, is the fact that they've allowed
fewer than 1.5 goals agame. In fact, they managed to register
the top goal differential in the entire OEMHL a the A
or AA level with a +120. The next best goal differential
is +109 registered by the aforementioned Minor Peewee
AA Silver Seven.
Rangers goaltending duties are shared by Alex Zoutis and
Jean-Sebastien Gratton who have 11 shutouts between them.
Eight of those goose eggs belongs to Zoutis which is second
to only in the OEMHL to Kyle Renaud who has nine with
the Minor Peewee A Silver Seven.
Rangers have plenty of big game experience, as well, heading
into the playoffs. They were 2-2 at the International
Silver Stick Tournament in Port Huron, Michigan playing
in the AAA division, and they were 1-2-1 at the Bauer
Challenge Cup in Toronto over the holidays which brings
together 20 of the best AAA peewee teams in Ontario and
to Nooyen, the team is currently ranked fifth in the province,
a position they want to improve upon should they make
it to the All-Ontario Championships.
Jr. Grads goalie Danny Thibodeau had to be
on his toes during a scramble in front of
his net on Monday night. The Jr. Grads came
out on the wrong end of a 4-2 final against
the Gloucester Rangers in what was the last
regular season game for both teams. Fred Sherwin/Photo
7:30 a.m., Feb. 6)
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